- There are possibilities that flights from Italy, the United Kingdom (UK) and China might be banned
- In fact, the Senate has called on the federal government to place a travel ban on these nations
- The earmarked countries are said to be at high risk of the dreaded disease, coronavirus
The outbreak and spread of the global pandemic, coronavirus, is really turning a lot of things around all over the world, with fears among nations.
In view of this, the Senate has called on the federal government to ban travels from nations with a high risk of the disease, such as Italy, the United Kingdom (UK) and China, The Cable reports.
The call of the upper chamber of the Nigerian legislature came after a point of order raised by the Senate's committee chairman on health, Ibrahim Oloriegbe.
In his submission, Oloriegbe said: “If it is possible, people should not travel to countries with high risk of the cases especially in Europe where many countries are affected, unless such trips are very important.
“Government should also consider disallowing non-Nigerians from countries of high risk from entering the country. The government should also increase capacity about checking airports.”
Added to this, he said that the federal government should build testing and isolation centres with a standard that will be maintained across the country by the ministry of health.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that in his sincere sympathy, President Muhammadu Buhari had sent a message of hope and goodwill the governments of Iran, Italy and South Korea following the devastating outbreak and spread of coronavirus in their countries.
In statement message released by Garba Shehu, a presidential media aide, President Buhari said that Nigeria will not relent in its efforts to support the international community as the world battles the emergence of the epidemic.
The president said: “There is no cause for panic. Italy, South Korea and Iran remain Nigeria’s allies in good and bad times.
“With the support of the World Health Organisation and other global agencies all working together to contain the virus, it will only be a matter of time before the world sees an end to this disease.” He also urged Nigerians to show love and support to all citizens of the affected nations in the country.
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